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Molecular Diagnostics industry veteran Ron A. Andrews appointed CEO
Melinda Griffith elected to Board of Directors
Strengthened Clinical Operations and Commercial Marketing teams with key management appointments
Conference call today, August 14, at 4:30 PM EDT
ALAMEDA, Calif., Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OncoCyte Corporation (NYSE American: OCX), a developer of novel, non-invasive tests for the early detection of cancer, today reported financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 and provided a corporate update.
“I am thrilled to have joined OncoCyte at such a pivotal time in the company’s evolution,” said Ron Andrews, Chief Executive Officer of OncoCyte. “As a member of the Board for over a year before taking my new role, I recognized the potential of OncoCyte’s immune interrogation approach and now as CEO, I can directly apply, on a day to day basis, the key learnings from my deep experience in molecular diagnostics to ensure we transition DetermaVu from the development phase to the clinical setting. Our current efforts are focused on ensuring we have a robust and reproducible test workflow for patient care, and since taking on the role of CEO in early July, we have identified and understand the critical variables that caused us to pause in mid-June.”
Mr. Andrews continued, “We have now clarified the key steps for our development path forward and our R&D team is diligently executing on the plan. We look forward to sharing more details on our conference call today. Importantly, concurrent to our work in the lab, we have also continued to advance our market preparation activities to create the commercial momentum necessary to move DetermaVu™ closer to market. This is just the beginning for OncoCyte, and with our solid balance sheet, I look forward to leading our outstanding team to deliver tests that improve clinical decisions throughout the patient journey in lung cancer and beyond.”
Second Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights
At June 30, 2019, OncoCyte had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $36.3 million as compared to $8.5 million at December 31, 2018. The balance sheet was strengthened in February 2019 with the successful equity raise of $37.0 million in net proceeds from an underwritten public offering.
For the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, OncoCyte incurred a net loss of $ 5.4 million, or $(0.10) per share, as compared to $4.5 million, or $(0.12) per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2018.
Operating expenses, as reported, for the three months ended June 30, 2019 were $5.5 million, an increase of $1.2 million as compared to the same period in 2018. Operating expenses, as adjusted, for the three months ended June 30, 2019, were $4.3 million, an increase of $1.3 million as compared to the same period in 2018.
The reconciliation between operating expenses determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in United States (GAAP) and operating expenses, as adjusted, a non-GAAP measure, is provided in the financial tables included at the end of this press release.
Research and development expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 were $1.5 million as compared to $2.3 million for the same period in 2018, a decrease of $0.8 million. This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in $0.7 million in amortization expense of intangible assets, reflecting a $0.6 million noncash impairment charge recorded as of June 30, 2018 related to intangible assets mainly comprised of patents and patent rights for therapeutic uses that OncoCyte no longer plans to develop or commercialize. There was no amortization expense recorded for the three months ended June 30, 2019.
General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2019 were $3.6 million, as compared to $1.3 million for the same period in 2018, an increase of $2.3 million. This increase is primarily attributable to investment banking related expenses; personnel and related expenses, including management transition costs; legal, recruiting, accounting, audit and tax services expenses; stock-based compensation expense due to additional equity grants, including to new hires; financial advisory expenses; and expenses of meetings, conferences and seminars.
Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended June, 2019 were $0.3 million, as compared to $0.6 million for the same period in 2018, a decrease of $0.3 million. Although OncoCyte reduced its sales and marketing related expenses during the periods reported, in late May 2019, OncoCyte hired a Senior Vice President of Marketing and Market Access, and expects that sales and marketing expenses will increase as it continues to build a sales and marketing team, at the appropriate time, for the planned commercialization of DetermaVu.
Cash used in operations was $2.8 million for this quarter as compared to approximately $4.0 million during the second quarter in 2018, in line with OncoCyte’s expectations for the current quarter’s cash burn of around $1 million per month.
The Company will host a conference call today, August 14, 2019, at 4:30 pm EDT / 1:30 pm PDT to discuss the results along with recent corporate developments.
The dial-in number in the U.S./Canada is 877-407-9716; for international participants, the number is 201-493-6779. For all callers, please refer to Conference ID 13692586. To access the live webcast, go to the investor relations section on the Company’s website, http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=135362.
About OncoCyte Corporation
OncoCyte is focused on the development and commercialization of novel, diagnostic tests for the early detection and management of cancer, when it is most curable. OncoCyte has developed a proprietary liquid biopsy that can assess the immune system’s response to cancer at its earliest stages. The first application of this liquid biopsy is a blood test in development to aid in the diagnosis of lung cancer and reduce the need for risky and costly diagnostic procedures such as invasive lung biopsies.
OncoCyte Forward Looking Statements
Any statements that are not historical fact (including, but not limited to statements that contain words such as “will,” “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates” and similar expressions) are forward-looking statements. These statements include those pertaining to the time to complete and the results of the Company’s ongoing CLIA Validation study, implementation and results of research, development, clinical trials and studies, commercialization plans, future financial and/or operating results, and future opportunities for OncoCyte, along with other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential diagnostic tests or products, uncertainty in the results of clinical trials or regulatory approvals, the capacity of our third-party supplied blood sample analytic system to provide consistent and precise analytic results on a commercial scale, the need and ability to obtain future capital, maintenance of intellectual property rights, and the need to obtain third party reimbursement for patients’ use of any diagnostic tests we commercialize. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements and accordingly such statements should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the business of OncoCyte, particularly those mentioned in the “Risk Factors” and other cautionary statements found in OncoCyte’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, which are available from the SEC’s website. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they were made. OncoCyte undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by law.
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|CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS|
|June 30, 2019|
|(Unaudited)||December 31, 2018|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||35,826||$||8,034|
|Marketable equity securities||518||428|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||720||180|
|Total current assets||37,064||8,642|
|Machinery and equipment, net||413||614|
|Deposits and other noncurrent assets||189||262|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Amount due to BioTime and affiliates||$||5||$||2,101|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||2,486||2,109|
|Loan payable, current, net of deferred financing costs||769||800|
|Financing lease liability, current||245||385|
|Total current liabilities||4,061||5,561|
|Loan payable, net of deferred financing costs, noncurrent||-||347|
|Financing lease liability, noncurrent||100||187|
|Preferred stock, no par value, 5,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding||-||-|
|Common stock, no par value, 85,000 shares authorized; 51,973 and 40,664 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively||114,071||74,742|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||-||-|
|Total shareholders' equity||33,505||3,423|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY||$||37,666||$||9,518|
|CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)|
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|Research and development||$||1,508||$||2,322||$||2,851||$||3,784|
|General and administrative||3,636||1,335||6,085||3,122|
|Sales and marketing||318||569||523||1,227|
|Total operating expenses||5,462||4,226||9,459||8,133|
|Loss from operations||(5,462||)||(4,226||)||(9,459||)||(8,133||)|
|OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES), NET|
|Interest income (expense), net||167||(56||)||147||(117||)|
|Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable equity securities||(88||)||(223||)||90||(32||)|
|Other expenses, net||-||-||(25||)||(2||)|
|Total other income (expenses), net||79||(279||)||212||(151||)|
|Net loss per share: basic and diluted||$||(0.10||)||$||(0.12||)||$||(0.19||)||$||(0.24||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding: basic and diluted||51,973||38,708||49,324||35,211|
|CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|Six Months Ended|
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:|
|Amortization of intangible assets||-||121|
|Amortization of prepaid maintenance||18||-|
|Impairment charge for intangible assets||-||625|
|Unrealized (gain) loss on marketable equity securities||(90||)||32|
|Amortization of debt issuance costs||22||44|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Amount due to BioTime and affiliates||(2,096||)||1|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||(540||)||(214||)|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||767||1|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(9,558||)||(6,710||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:|
|Purchase of equipment||(18||)||(22||)|
|Security deposit and other||54||-|
|Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities||36||(22||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:|
|Proceeds from exercise of options||943||56|
|Proceeds from sale of common shares||40,250||10,000|
|Financing costs to issue common shares||(3,252||)||(65||)|
|Repayment of loan payable||(400||)||(400||)|
|Repayment of financing lease obligations||(227||)||(165||)|
|Net cash provided by financing activities||37,314||9,426|
|NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS||27,792||2,694|
|CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS:|
|At beginning of the period||8,034||7,600|
|At end of the period||$||35,826||$||10,294|
|Non-GAAP Financial Measures|
|This earnings release includes operating expenses prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP), and includes certain historical non-GAAP operating expenses. In particular, OncoCyte has provided non-GAAP total operating expenses, adjusted to exclude noncash stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, an impairment charge for intangible assets, and certain warrants expense. Non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. However, OncoCyte believes the presentation of non-GAAP total operating expenses, when viewed in conjunction with our GAAP total operating expenses, is helpful in understanding OncoCyte’s ongoing operating expenses and its programs.|
|Furthermore, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in the aggregate to establish budgets and operational goals, to manage OncoCyte’s business and to evaluate its performance and its programs.|
|Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure|
|Adjusted Operating Expenses|
|Amounts In Thousands||Amounts In Thousands|
|For the Three Months Ended||For the Six Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|GAAP Operating Expenses - as reported||$||5,462||$||4,226||$||9,459||$||8,133|
|Stock-based compensation expense||(701||)||(389||)||(1,388||)||(735||)|
|Impairment charge for intangible assets||-||(625||)||-||(625||)|
|Noncash warrant expense||(329||)||-||(329||)||-|
|Depreciation and amortization expense||(84||)||(164||)||(194||)||(328||)|
|Non-GAAP Operating Expenses, as adjusted||$||4,348||$||3,048||$||7,548||$||6,445|